2020_8_pragmatic.gif
2020_8_pragmatic.gif
2020_8_pragmatic.gif
CLOSE
× Gambling News In-Depth iGaming Calendar Connections GI Friday Trafficology GI Magazine
GGA 2020 AffiliateCon
NEWS 24 October 2016

Will the Pennsylvania Senate vote on its regulation of online gambling bill?

By Nicole Abbott
Pennsylvania Senate is under pressure to pass the wider gambling expansion bill which will legalise and regulate online gambling before Wednesday, when the 2016 legislative session comes to an end.

Before the summer recess of the state’s Senate, House Bill 2150 was approved by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives following an amendment to the bill, which had formerly been rejected. The expansion bill is now waiting to be approved by the Senate.

However, in September the court ruled that the “Local Share Tax” which governs revenue sharing agreements between casinos and their local communities were unconstitutional. Indeed, according to the state’s 2004 Gambling Bill, all casinos, except those in Philadelphia, Nemacolin and Valley Forge, are required to pay $10 million a year to their host municipalities, or two percent of their slots revenue. Ultimately, casinos that generate less revenue may pay a heavier tax bill than their larger competitors.

This ruling means that $140m will be lost from the annual revenue that local communities receive from casinos – an issue which the legislature has 120 days to fix. The projected revenue from the expansion bill (offering in excess of $100m) now stands as an attractive solution to this problem. Indeed, if the House and the Senate can come to an agreement, then the bill could be amended to regulate online gambling and amend the language of the Gaming Act of 2004 simultaneously. However, if the bill is not passed by Wednesday, the legalisation of online gambling may be put on hold until 2017.

RELATED TAGS: Online | Casino | Legal & Regulatory
DISCUSS THIS ARTICLE
IN-DEPTH 18 February 2020
A decade to remember
READ MORE

PREMIUM CONNECTIONS
1xPartners
Affiliate
1xPartners is the innovative and exciting affiliate program offered by 1xBet, one of the world's leading sportsbooks and casinos. Offering ...
ActiveWins
PR and Marketing
ActiveWin has ripped up the rulebook on the traditional agency prototype. Our model is based on performance - as you ...
Global Gaming Awards
Industry Awards
The Global Gaming Awards London recognise the most innovative companies and individuals of the gaming world. The Awards are powered ...
Efbet
Systems and Software
We have partnered up with deVRealm in a joint venture for the development of new gambling technology platforms. The primary ...
BetConstruct
Systems and Software
BetConstruct is a global award-winning technology and services provider for online and land-based gaming industry. BetConstruct's innovative and proven offerings ...
BBIN
Systems and Software
The Leading iGaming Software Supplier in Asia
Newgioco Group
Systems and Software
Newgioco Group, Inc. (OTCQB:NWGI) is a premier leisure betting technology company providing regulated online and land-based gaming and sports ...
NSoft
Systems and Software
NSoft is an award - winning internationally recognized software solutions provider for betting industry. The company has more than 200 employees ...
Digital Isle of Man
Legal and Jurisdictions
Digital Isle of Man is responsible for the thriving Digital sector in the Isle of Man, spanning the Island's international ...
Zimpler
Payments
Zimpler provides a complete In and Out payment solution for online services. That means we take care of identifying the ...